May 2012- Volume 37, Issue 48

See photos from our last meeting here

In This Issue
Annual and General Meeting
Voter Service
Social Policy Committee
Climate Change Committee
Membership Committee
Book Club
Month at a Glance
Climate Change Committee
May 3 at  9:45 am
North Collier Government Center

Social Policy Committee

May 9 at 8 am
Ballot boxApril 30
Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Packet is available by clicking here.    Please copy and bring it with you to the meeting.   Decisions to be made include bylaw changes, approval of budgets for 2012-13, and election of officers. The president's annual report will be given at the meeting.

When:   April 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Where: Hilton Hotel   GET DIRECTIONS

 April 30 General Meeting
 Report on Azerbaijan

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Report on Azerbaijan
by Donna Suddeth.  Donna traveled to Azerbaijan as a delegate of the Naples Council on World Affairs.    She will share what she learned about the country, culture, and people, and insights on how  politics in the United States can affect other nations.

When:   April 30, 2012
Registration for lunch - 11:45 am
Lunch promptly at noon
Program - 12:30 pm
General Meeting - 1:30 pm
Where: Hilton Hotel  GET DIRECTIONS
Cost:  LWVCC Members: $20.00; Non-members: $25.00
Reservations: for lunch:  Click here  or call (239) 263-4656
Menu selections:  Niçoise Salad: Romaine and Iceberg Lettuce, Haricot-Verts, Black Olives, Hardboiled Eggs, Diced Tomatoes, Roasted Potatoes, Served with Balsamic Vinaigrette and choice of White Albacore Tuna or Chicken Breast
or Ravioli Florentine 5ea, herb beurre blanc, fresh tomatoes and basil

Please make your check payable to:LWVCC Education Fund

Nominating Committee Report
see the rest of the Annual Meeting Packet here 
Rose DiBiasi, Chair
    Beth Povlow, Kathy Ryan, Joyce Fletcher, Paul Kardon

President-Vi Steffan 2013
First Vice President-Joyce Fletcher 2013
Second Vice President-Mollie Ottina 2014
Secretary-Nancy Wolfe 2013 (fulfills Donna Suddeth's term)
Treasurer-Carol Golightly 2014

Becky Newell        2012-2014
Tom McCann         2012-2014
Nina Ribinski        2012-2014
Lydia Galton (appointed as per the Bylaws)

Nominating Committee
Lydia Galton, Chair
Bernice Schmelz
Denise Rochford

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Voter Service
Joyce Fletcher, chair

If you are heading to your northern address, please request your absentee ballot at for the August primary. You can also change your party affiliation if you wish. Remember Florida is a closed primary state and many important races in August will be closed Republican primaries.

If you are going to be here this summer, please let me know and plan to help with the county candidates forum June 27 (reserved tentative date). We will also be organizing possible forums for amendments and candidates for the fall.
SocialPolicyCommitteeSocial Policy Committee

Ann Campbell, Chair  


Ann Campbell 2009


On Wednesday, May 9, 8 a.m. we will have a breakfast meeting at Patric's restaurant. Our speaker will be Angela Larson, Supervisor at the Victim and Senior Advocacy Unit of the Collier County Sheriff's Office. We have invited members of the Justice Committee to join us for this important discussion about elder abuse. fraud and other types of victimization of seniors. 

Patric's has a great breakfast. Choose from three menu items at a cost of $11.00 inclusive of tax and gratuity.
All League members are invited, and guests are always welcome. Contact Ann Campbell at or 263-1755 to reserve a place. 

This will be our last meeting until November. I'd like to thank committee members for their ongoing support this season: Ann Bleakley, Pat Lawrence, Jeannette Boucher, Sheilah Crowley, Sandy Parker, Barbara Yeager, Joan Byerhof, Nancy Wolfe, Dee Senft, Myra Shapiro, Elinor Bedell, Lavigne Kirkpatrick, Rose DiBiasi, Doreen Cassarino - and welcome to new members Harriet Lancaster and Jan Eustis.

Our April meeting was at the Wilderness Country Club with Michael Dias, MEd, LSW, from Island Coast AIDS Network (iCAN) ( Mr. Dias shared a presentation that he is bringing to the community to help raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. There has been less attention paid to the illness since anti-retroviral drugs have succeeded in prolonging lives. Mike told us that 3 million people are HIV positive in the U.S., that Florida has the third highest incidence among adults and the second highest among women. Collier has 1535 HIV positive individuals - 1,134 of those have AIDS (Stage lll 0f the disease). Nationally 28% of those infected are between ages 50-70. Mike reviewed the contributing risk factors for that group. Older adults who remain socially active consider themselves at low risk and don't think about prevention. Currently 43% of people with HIV/AIDS in Collier are over 50. Those are the ones who have gone for testing! We hope that Mr. Dias and iCAN will continue to get the word out about the "Graying of AIDS" to individuals and health care workers in the community.  


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ClimateChangeCommitteeClimate Change Committee
Linda Denning, Chair  

Linda Denning Headshot

The May 3 meeting of the Climate Change Committee will be held at the North Collier Government Center on Orange Blossom Rd. from 9:45 - 11:15 am.   As a follow-up to last month's solar tutorial, we'll discuss how to promote alternative energy in Collier County.  The second topic for consideration is water.   How is the supply of clean water affected by climate change, and how does bottled water  fit into the equation.  
We will also discuss priorities for next year.    There are some interesting ideas on the table.  Come and add your thoughts.
Susan Calkins will chair the May 3 meeting.   She and Eileen Mann will be  co-chairs for the 2012-2013 season, and we welcome their new ideas and enthusiasm.   
If you are heading north, travel safely and have a good summer.   Please keep the conversation going, wherever you may be.


MembershipCommitteeMembership Committee
Becky Newell, Chair 



Becky Newell


I'm happy to report that we have three new members to welcome this month: Linda Flores, Marcia Cinamon, and Janet Becker. We're very pleased to have them join our League!


I would also like to thank all of the existing members who go out of their way to make newer members feel welcome at our general meetings. Beth Povlow and Dee Senft host a "New Member Table" at each meeting so that they can answer questions and provide basic information about League committees, activities, etc. Please try to take a minute to stop by the table to introduce yourself and personally welcome our new members!


To request more information about joining the League, email me at or call me at (239) 290-2260.


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BookBook Club
Charlotte Nycklemoe, Chair

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The book club had its last meeting of the 2011-2012 season on April 10th.   Our discussion of "Founding Sisters" and the nineteenth amendment produced provocative thoughts as we asked each other, "What issue would stir our passion so much today that we would march as the suffragists did in the early 1900's?   To what ends will we go to make sure ALL shall be treated equally under the Equal Rights Amendment?  Do we possess the drive, the will and determination to uphold what is rightfully guaranteed us and our fellow men/women  in the constitution?"  We must be constantly mindful of these questions.


Bookclub members elected to continue to meet and discuss great books during the 2012-2013 season.  The scheduled meetings have been changed to the THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH AT 3:30. Our first meeting will be held Thursday, November 15th at the Calistoga. The November selection is "Rebuilding Justice" (Civil Courts in Jeopardy and Why You Should Care) by Rebecca Love Kourlis and Dirk Olin.  Nancy Woolfe will lead the discussion.  The book is available for I Pad, Kindle or in paperback at  


We will not have a December meeting.


Please join us as we arming ourselves with knowledge of the American judicial system.


If you are interested in joining the Book Club, call me (239) 455-2261 or email me in advance at


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